The Enlightened One is You

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Even  in the midst of turmoil
you are never far from
your enlightened self.
Even when you have lost it
because you are tired,
or your heart is broken
and you doubt it will ever be fixed,
when you are longing for something
you are sure you will never have,
or feeling bitter, or resentful
or guilty, or misunderstood–
even then you are never far
from the awakened one in you.
It is always right where your heart is,
so look there, where it has always been.
Your suffering draws you closer to others,
activates your capacity for offering compassion,
renders you a source of inspiration
for all beings who are in the same boat as you.
Never despair!
The enlightened one is within you.
The enlightened one is you.

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